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Old 06-15-2010, 09:19 PM   #1
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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Everytime

Easy way to cook hardboiled eggs and have them cook perfectly everytime. Place your eggs in a sauce pan and cover eggs with cold water. Be sure not to over crowd eggs in pan. After you cover tops of eggs with cold water put pan on stove on high heat. Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Cover the pan and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. You will now have perfect hard boil eggs. Now you just have to carefully peel the shells off.

They are great for breakfast, in salads, for snacks, deviled eggs and of course egg salad.

Hope this helped.

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that is how i cook them also. put in ice water bath when they are done. this will make them easier to peel. a hint for peeling, crack a bit. then turn teaspoon upside down. put between peel and egg and off it comes. i think someone here said to do that. very cool.specially if you have a lot to peel.
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That's how I cook eggs as well. If I don't need them to be pretty for deviled eggs, I will take my big chef's knife and chop them in half through the shell, then take a spoon and slide it under the shell, the egg usually just pops out.

You would think that the knife method would shatter shell all over, but it works quite well, very little shell debris to deal with! I got this tip from Martha Stewart.
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15-20 minutes? Why? Brings the eggs to boil, boil for 3-4 minutes, done. Works perfect every time.
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Easy way to cook hardboiled eggs and have them cook perfectly everytime. Place your eggs in a sauce pan and cover eggs with cold water. Be sure not to over crowd eggs in pan. After you cover tops of eggs with cold water put pan on stove on high heat. Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Cover the pan and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. You will now have perfect hard boil eggs. Now you just have to carefully peel the shells off.

They are great for breakfast, in salads, for snacks, deviled eggs and of course egg salad.

Hope this helped.
What you have described is NOT "boiled" eggs. And that's the secret to hard-COOKED eggs. Don't boil them. Bring the water they're in to a rolling boil, then turn off the heat and let the eggs (essentially) steam in the water.

Then run cold water into the pan until all the water (and the eggs) are cold.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:33 PM   #6
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While that's definitely true June, it's really just semantics.

Whether or not you say "hard-boiled eggs" or "hard-cooked eggs", it means the exact same thing to the majority populace.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:03 PM   #7
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The reason I cook it this way instead of just boiling them for 3 or 4 minutes is that this method is rather fool-proof, getting great results every time, no worry about over cooking the eggs.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:08 PM   #8
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Oh - absolutely no problem with the cooking method - I do them that way myself.

I just don't see a reason to make a frou-frou about whether they're called "boiled" eggs or "hard-cooked" eggs. June seems to have a problem with the nomenclature.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:14 PM   #9
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yep, I wasn't addressing that at all!!!!! ;) Just commenting why I don't just boil them for 3-4 minutes like another poster suggested.
and I call them hard-boiled, too!
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The reason I cook it this way instead of just boiling them for 3 or 4 minutes is that this method is rather fool-proof, getting great results every time, no worry about over cooking the eggs.
That is pretty much the same reason that I cook them this way, foolproof. No gray ring around the yolks, no worry about dried up rubbery eggs. You can do other things while they cook.
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Wife boils eggs, I don't so this could be way wrong. I thought I heard that if you add a tbs or so of vinegar they will peel easier? I've read about it for crab and maybe I'm just all messed up. Happens all the time.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:39 AM   #12
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The vinegar will help coagulate any bits of the egg that might escape via a cracked shell. I find that old eggs are easier to peel; really fresh eggs are much harder to peel.
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Yup, that's how I do it also. Bring to boil, cover, remove from heat and let set for 17 mins. Then drain off the hot water, cover with cold water and add a tray of ice cubes to the water. I'll have to try using the spoon trick for peeling
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There are a number of different ways to make hard cooked eggs come out just right. I do them this way:

Use a pushpin to make a hole in the blunt end of the eggshell.
Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan.
Add your hottest tap water to the pan to cover the eggs by an inch
Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes
Pour off the water and shake the pan to crack the shells all over
Fill the pan with ice cold water and ice or just run cold water into the pan for a few minutes.
Peel and enjoy
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:21 AM   #15
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I use the pin method too - when I remember - lol! It was a Julia Child tip.

I used to use a push pin, but then discovered that the egg-slicing gadget I have (one of the few "gadgets" that I do find extremely useful - cleanly slices hard-boiled eggs in 4 different ways, as well as dices them for salad), has a built-in retractible "push pin" for performing just this task! How handy.
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The "hard"-cooked method described here is easy and foolproof. Any boiling of eggs to achieve the same result can instead sometimes produce rubbery eggs or cracked eggs or unappealing looking eggs.

Those electric egg cookers also work well.
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The "hard"-cooked method described here is easy and foolproof. Any boiling of eggs to achieve the same result can instead sometimes produce rubbery eggs or cracked eggs or unappealing looking eggs.

Those electric egg cookers also work well.
The method I posted was from a food magazine in an interview with Julia. She offered this method of hardcooking eggs. Works for me.
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The method I posted was from a food magazine in an interview with Julia. She offered this method of hardcooking eggs. Works for me.
That's great. The method described in the original post of this thread and the one that I use also comes from many reputable sources. And it works for me better than when I used to boil them. That's what makes the world go 'round, Andy M.
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As I said in my earlier post. There is more than one way to get to properly hard cooked eggs. I am simply offering an alternative, not being critical of the original method.
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Everyone is testy over hard cooked eggs. Hang in there people, the weekend is coming!!
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